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SlingPlayer for iPhone and iPod touch Arrives


SlingPlayer for iPhone and iPod touch Arrives

Sling Media has finally come good on promises of an iPhone and iPod touch version of its SlingPlayer client. It's not quite as complete as we might have hoped for, but it's better than nothing.

SlingPlayer Mobile will stream from either a SlingBox Solo or a SlingBox Pro over Wi-Fi only. It's a bit annoying that streaming over the 'net isn't possible as there's no obvious reason why that should be the case. Likewise, owners of an older SlingBox will probably be a little peeved at having to upgrade should they want to use the app - although there are other advantages to the newer devices that might make the trade-up worthwhile.

Nonetheless, if you do have a SlingBox Solo or Pro and an iPod touch or an iPhone and do want to watch TV away from your TV and want to do that in areas with Wi-Fi access available to you then you're all set. SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone and iPod touch will set you back £17.99 on the App Store should you be tempted.


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May 14, 2009, 4:37 pm

There are a few apps in cydia that allow you to run it over 3g, negating the main criticism, well, except the price tag...


May 14, 2009, 5:13 pm

£17.99 seems a bit brutal given you've already shelled out for the hardware!

Peter A

May 14, 2009, 9:23 pm

The fine print states that the app works with older boxes "in some configurations", but is unsupported. This is a change from what they previously announced: that older boxes wouldn't work at all. For me (with a Slingbox Classic) it works just fine. I don't know what Sling were thinking excluding their early adopters. Hold on, yes, I do - they are looking to force an unnecessary hardware upgrade on us. They seem to have partly releneted - it works, but it's unsupported.

Tony Walker

May 15, 2009, 7:04 am

Can you get quote from O2 as to whether they will allow streaming over 3G. Would like to buy both a Slingbox and this app - but need the 3G streaming.


May 15, 2009, 7:19 am

Tv, licence fee, sling player box, iphone and now the cost of this app. Whoever goes through this route must really love television.


May 16, 2009, 4:31 am

Limited support for older devices. Support only for WiFi - yes, very brutal charging £17.99 for the app. They should be following the lead of companies like Sonos and providing these apps for free. Such after sales support wins customers. Kudos Sonos, back of the class SlingPlayer.


May 16, 2009, 10:45 pm

My understanding is that the Windows Mobile and BlackBerry apps work over 3g. So they're charging 30 dollars for the same app but it only works on wi-fi? It should be free!

Could it be because of iTunes? Or is it just Apple being Apple?

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